This Video Explains How To Properly Use Colour-Correcting Makeup 

If you want to offset dark circles, redness, or dark spots with makeup, you have to understand how using orange, green, yellow, and a few other colours can even out your skin tone — called colour-correcting. The technique is popular, but really easy to mess up. This video helps clear up the confusion.

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The whole thing is based on the colour wheel. If we remember our primary colours — blue, yellow, red — and their blending properties, we can "cancel out" certain hues in our skin by using the colour that's opposite on the colour wheel. These are the basics:

  • Peach/Orange: For dark blue-ish circles under eyes, pigmentation, and acne scarring. Use peach for lighter skin tones and orange/red for darker skin tones.
  • Green: Can be used for redness (like sun burns or rosacea) around the mouth or cheeks.
  • Purple: Adds a bit of brightness to grey-ish, dull skin.
  • Yellow: Generally brightens your skin tone.

The main idea is that you're correcting, not concealing. YouTuber Kaushal Beauty shares a couple of other tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your skin is clean and primed before you apply any makeup.

  • It's always better to start with less product and build up.
  • It's easy to overdo it with the brush. For under eyes, you'll have better success using your ring finger to gently dab a thin layer of makeup and work it into your skin for a more natural look.
  • Once you've corrected your skin tone, Kaushal Beauty recommends using a makeup sponge and patting your foundation, rather than using broad strokes.

It's a long video, but those are the general takeaways. Hit the play button for more details.

Colour Correcting DOs + DON'Ts [Kaushal Beauty]


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